Friends who are fighting. People that are leaving. Relationships that are broken.
A lot of times connections with other people hurt and sometimes it seems like relationships are just making us become a mess. I think you know how it is to get hurt by other people and how hurtful it can be when people are leaving. I sure do. When I was eight years old, my grandma died. During the same year I also lost several friends. After these events I became really shy and isolated myself a lot from other people. I never seemed to fit in. I almost didn’t have any friends (and towards the only one who still tried to be my friend, I wasn’t a good friend back since I was so broken).
But then my Jesus came into my life. I started to go to church again and became a part of the youth group. He gave me friends again. He started connecting me with several people who today are like family to me. He started to turn my life around when I chose Him and let me tell you – He sure makes all things new! He’s the Redeemer of everything. Even relationships.
I know it can be scary with relationships. You’re not the only one who thinks that it is. I remember one time, maybe five years ago, when I was in church and I was standing in the back of the church hall. One person was sitting in the front of the room and I really wanted to go and talk with this person, but I was so afraid of it, so I was standing and just looking for several minutes before I finally did it. Today this person is a dear friend of mine. God’s grace is so much bigger than all of our fears.
During the last year, I’ve been going to a bible school. This year has really been showing me even more that God often uses friendships to heal us. He’s been giving me several really precious friendships during the last couple of years and during the last year He’s so clearly showed me that He uses the body of Christ to heal and redeem us. It’s been so refreshing to, in another way than before, be surrounded by people who love you, care for you and see you during both good and bad times this year. I think that He often uses the things that we’re wounded by to make us whole again. So for example if you’ve got wounded through a relationship, He might use another good relationship to heal you.
The enemy will always try to hold us back from getting close to people, because relationships are one of God’s ways to strengthen us. The enemy still has a tendency to try to get me to believe in his lies about the relationships that I have. But you know what? God is bigger than those lies. So much bigger! So please, don’t give up on relationships. God works out everything for His glory and when we seek Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts. He created friendships to be such a beautiful gift and it sure is. People are so worth getting to know and to invest time in. And you, my friend, are so worth of having good relationships.
Denna text är min första av fyra i en skrivutmaning som jag deltar i under de kommande veckorna. Här kan ni läsa mer om utmaningen om ni vill; http://www.spuronlove.com/lets-write-together-writing-challenge/
Om temat på utmaningen skriver Renee, som håller i den, bland annat; “The theme will be: things you need your tribe to know OR things that make life better /…/ We will be writing about our core values, about things we truly believe, lessons we want to share with others, or about ways we live our lives that we believe others would benefit from.”
Gå gärna in och läs inläggen som de andra deltagarna i utmaningen har skrivit också och passa på att uppmuntra dem! Här är länkarna;
Så vad ska du göra denna veckan för att investera i dina relationer? Människor är så värda att investera i, så ge inte upp om relationer, även när det gör ont eller är läskigt! Gud helar och upprättar. Han vill ge dig goda relationer!
Hoppas ni har en fin vecka!